Many families have a stocking tradition where in addition to (or often instead of) wrapped presents, smaller gifts are stuffed into an oversized stocking hung on a mantle. Sweet treats are common, but what are some other items you can get? For inexpensive stocking stuffer ideas, each item should be at least under $15. The cheaper, the better.
A lot of people are jumping on board with less plastic waste. Many coffee shops and restaurants are also phasing out straws, specifically. If your friend or family member is trying to use fewer straws, why not get them one that lasts forever? A stainless steel straw is a fairly inexpensive stocking stuffer. They come in a variety of colors like rainbow, rose gold, silver, and more. There are even different sizes and styles available.
When winter comes, many people get chapped lips in colder environments. Lip balm is a very useful gift you can be sure someone will use. There’s essentially countless lip balm options out there, including ones that are vegan and organic. Flavor choices are endless as well, and there are even novelty lip balms with classic soda flavors.
Pretty much everybody will use a flash drive at some point in their lives, but flash drives are especially good gifts for students and people who have a separate work and home computer. You can find flash drives in really fun shapes like lipsticks, animals, keys, leaves, and more. There are lots of normal-shaped flash drives in different colors, too.
If you have writers or list-makers to shop for, a nice set of pencils is a very useful and cheap gift. You can find pencils with grammatical rules printed on them, inspirational sayings, and more. For the environmentally-minded, there’s Sprout pencils, which are 100% natural and contain plantable seeds.
Know a writer or an artist? A mini notebook is the perfect gift for when inspiration hits. You can find a huge variety of bag-sized notebooks on sites like Etsy. Pair with pencils or a pen to give your friend all the tools they need to express their creativity and ideas.
There’s a really hilarious SNL music video spoof about gifting candles, but if you know someone who truly loves candles, they’re a very easy stocking stuffer. Small ones are usually pretty cheap, but still give hours of fragrant candlelight.
Soaps are the perfect size for a stocking and there’s so many to choose from in terms of fragrance, ingredients, and even shape. Shampoo bars are another great idea, especially if you’re traveling to your holiday destination and don’t want to check a liquid. Campers, travelers, and eco warriors are likely to love shampoo bars, too.
Continuing with a theme of hygiene, bath bombs are great if you know someone who loves relaxing in a bath. In fact, studies show that taking a bath is comparable to exercise in terms of relieving depression. Bath bombs are basically bubble baths in a hard-packed form. They dissolve dramatically in hot water, scenting and coloring the water. Bath bombs often come in sets, so buy one and divide up the bombs among a few stockings.
An inexpensive stocking stuffer for those who love photography, iPhone lenses can improve the shots you get with a camera phone. There are lots of brands and options available, such as fish-eye, wide-angle, zoom, and more. Some of them require a case, so just read the description carefully before buying.
Every year, certain toys and gifts becoming “trendy” or popular. In extreme cases, people will even fight in stores over the last remaining inventory. What are some of the most popular toys throughout history?